Candi Selogriyo, Hidden Hindu Temple on Gugnung Sumbing Slope, Central Java, Indonesia

From Selogriyo, one can see Mt Sumbing standing strong on the west, and sometimes the summit is covered by white bloud. While on the east, there is a green terraces of rice paddy field with Gunung Merapi, Gunung Merbabu, Gunung Telomoyo and Gunung Andong as the background.  As roading on mountain slope, it is winding.

Candi Selogriyo is located on a remote place, and tough track to get through. There are two options to reach there; on foot or get motorbike for 2 km trail through tobacco village, where bamboo planks are placed outside to dry tobacco.

Arriving there, the  trek to this place is paid. Hills scenery, mist, farms creat a majestic landscape. There are 3 hills, Condong, Giyanti, and Malang hill. Often, old men or kids pass carrying grass, they smile and say hello.

Candi Selogriyo is a Hindu temple and faces east, built approximately 9th century. This temple has no perwara. In 1998, erosion hit this temple, that later the position was moved to new place that is not vulnerable. The reconstruction finished in 2000.

This temple is standing on Giyanti Hill, on the height of 740 m. Garbagraha or a chamber was constructed here, and it is assumed that lingga and yoni were located here. But other version says that this chamber was use for meditation.

On each side of the temple wall, there are 5 niches where statuary are placed. But the statuary left are headless that suppose to be Durga Mahesasura, Ganesha, Agastya, Nandiswara and Mahakala. The roof is in shape of Amalaka, only unfortunately, all the statuary are damaged. And vandalism has destroyed few parts of temple.

As the history is not discovered yet, local people call this temple as Selogriyo. Selo mean stone or rock and griyo mean house, so Selogriyo means house of rock. Local people said that this temple was used as meditation and worship activity.

This temple is visited by foreign travelers, tough the access is not sufficient yet. For easy route, from Magelang-Bandongan and Windusari. From Windusari there is a sign to this temple.